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 Vintage2011(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2012 vintage.)
TypeRed
ProducerArnot-Roberts (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
Designationn/a
VineyardPeter Martin Ray Vineyard
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionSan Francisco Bay
AppellationSanta Cruz Mountains

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2019 (based on 2 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.6 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 16 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Onthelees on 5/4/2015: Deep burgundy; the most appealing aspect of this wine is its lip smacking acidity which was truly mouthwatering; the nose showed prominent brandied cherry and herbs: the palate offers herbal elements, cherry and strawberry flavors which evolve through a spicy phase into the acidic, lightly tannic finish. Thin from a body perspective with average length. Less complex on day 2. (293 views)
 Tasted by Mike Dildine on 11/21/2014: 12.5% abv, deep Burgundy red. Red fruit and baking spice on the nose. The palate is dominated by dark fruit and a strong tannic edge. I'm going to wait awhile on my final two bottles. (785 views)
 Tasted by chanukha on 3/30/2014 & rated 89 points: Maybe it's in the awkward phase now. Funky nose. Smells like dirty feet. Maybe corked bottle, not sure. Disappointing. (1644 views)
 Tasted by yhn on 1/13/2014: No formal notes, but here's my impression: Well made, intense dark fruit, pretty extreme in whole cluster character and very complex. Very compelling and has the stuff to age. Initially tasted blind, at a winery, with Pinot Noir producers. No one thought this was a Pinot. Also, at this point, this wine shows zero vineyard character from what is a unique, and one of my favorite, Pinot Noir vineyards in California. Maybe, hopefully, time will change that. Duane Cronin, Frank Ashton and Ian Brand manged to make compelling PMR PNs. I would think the A-R guys, with their resources, would improve on that. Not sure they did, not sure how they could by using 100% whole cluster. (1861 views)
 Tasted by vinocerus on 11/28/2013: Rather unmemorable. Had it with a flight of 4 other pinots including Anthill Farms, Brewer-Clifton, Demetria, Rivers Marie and really did not stand out as much as I expected having heard the raves with the AR style. Did not decant but opened a few hours prior to drinking. It's good and definitely on the subtle side of the fruit spectrum but not overly earthy. How else can I express how pedestrian this wine was drinking? I admire what these guys are doing but the more I drink their wines the more I realize the subtlety is lost on my palate. (1736 views)
 Tasted by Rieslingfan on 11/3/2013 & rated 89 points: This is one of the more interesting renditions of Pinot Noir I have had in a while. It's lighter in feel than most, but has a great deal of complexity, combining fruit and earth tones in an interesting way, all backed up by more than sufficient acidity. My only nit would be that it feels a bit sharp on the palate, but time may address that (or not - who can tell). I'll let my other bottle rest a few years to see what happens.

Jet lagged tasting note, so take it with a small grain of salt. (2008 views)
 Tasted by ToddS on 7/6/2013: Holy smokes. Way better for us than the 91.4 average currently on CT. Day one PnP and we could not get this to do anything more than tease us. We could just tell that complexity was there.

Day 2. Awesome wine. Fruit showed up, but the earthiness was still all there. (2104 views)
 Tasted by walkerjfw on 3/18/2013 & rated 92 points: By chance, a friend broght a bottle of this to a meeting in Denver. We had discovered AR courtesy of Rajat Parr at Michael Mina's in Las Vegas...

Shared with a group of friends. This was really nice out of the bottle (per prior notes). Great for pop and pour. Red fruits and texture are there, herbs/lavender on the finish. With next bottle I will give it an hour decant to see if I get a different result. Nice wine, very small production. AR is a a great up and coming producer. (2024 views)
 Tasted by walkerjfw on 3/15/2013 & rated 92 points: Dinner at our house with Beth and Dave first bottle opened from this purchase. Served with salad and first course.

Medium garnet color, nose has dark fruits, earth, barnyard. Medium body wine, restrained and elegant. Black cherry flavors, tart raspberry. Savory herbs and a hint of lavender on the finish.

This is a really nice wine, a surprise to the upside, everyone loved it. AR making terrific and diverse set of wines at reasonable prices. My guess is it will drink at this level for the next 2-4 years. Not sure it has big upside with aging. (1794 views)
 Tasted by keelegl on 2/28/2013 & rated 90 points: Nice fruit on the palate with a mix of savory herbs. Solid effort that should age well in the short term. (1934 views)
 Tasted by toddvh on 2/11/2013 & rated 90 points: decent acidity, medium body, decent earth and other flavor to add complexity to the fruit. good balance. could use some aging (1730 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 2/4/2013 & rated 92 points: Medium dark cherry red color; very appealing, sous bois, rosehips nose; tasty, sous bois, rosehips, mineral, Burgundian palate; medium-plus finish (100% whole cluster) (1120 views)
 Tasted by wgmccallum on 11/17/2012 & rated 91 points: Dark fruit aroma with barnyard overtones, hint of mace, concentrated
black cherry flavors with a long finish at the back, overlaid with a
light red cherry acidity, a firm but friendly grip of tannin, still
opening up after an hour. A-. (1747 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 3/19/2012 & rated 91 points: 2012 In Pursuit of Balance Tasting (Julia Morgan Ballroom, Merchants Exchange Building, San Francisco, California): Barrel sample - dark cherry red color; lifted, floral, heirloom, roses, forest floor nose; tasty, tart red fruit, rosehips palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish 91-92+ points (3331 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, Sonoma...A Thrill a Minute (Jul 2013)
(Arnot-roberts Pinot Noir Peter Martin Ray Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains) Subscribe to see review text.
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, May/June 2013, IWC Issue #168
(Arnot-Roberts Pinot Noir Peter Martin Ray Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (2/4/2013)
(Arnot-Roberts Pinot Noir Peter Martin Ray Vineyard) Medium dark cherry red color; very appealing, sous bois, rosehips nose; tasty, sous bois, rosehips, mineral, Burgundian palate; medium-plus finish (100% whole cluster)  92 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (3/19/2012)
(Arnot-Roberts Pinot Noir Peter Martin Ray Vineyard) Barrel sample - dark cherry red color; lifted, floral, heirloom, roses, forest floor nose; tasty, tart red fruit, rosehips palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish 91-92+ points  91 points
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Arnot-Roberts

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Pinot Noir

Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.

USA

WineAmerica (National Association of American Wineries) | Free the Grapes!

California

California Wines (Wine Institute of California)

California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of ­different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of ­winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.

Santa Cruz Mountains

Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association | Wikipedia

Once referred to by wine writers as the Chaine d'Or -- or "golden chain" -- the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA sits above Silicon Valley, running along the craggy range next to the Pacific on some of the prettiest parts of Northern California. The area supports more than 75 wineries, despite being limited by geography and high land prices.

In 1981 the Santa Cruz Mountains Viticultural Appellation became federally recognized, one of the first American viticultural areas to be defined by geophysical and climatic factors. The appellation encompasses the Santa Cruz Mountain range, from Half Moon Bay in the north, to Mount Madonna in the south. The east and west boundaries are defined by elevation, extending down to 800 feet in the east and 400 feet in the west.

 
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